80 – To be in Touch with Beauty …

We have many, many ways, to be in touch with Beauty (music, poetry, Nature in splendor, falling in love, creating something beautiful), but the powers-that-be drive us to be in touch with Dread instead (wars, vengeance, fear, hate, anguish). Why?

We claim to be the ‘darlings’ of Creation – the only ones with the capacity to self-reflect; the only ones who can admire Beauty, feel Beauty, create Beauty – and yet we are ravaging our world. Why?

Nothing in the world today (no educational system, no organized religion, no scientific method) has answers for us. We are simply told that our capacity to self-reflect is a unique Human trait. But it is not. The capacity to self-reflect is Universal.

The proof that self-reflection is Universal – although not yet fully comprehended – is Einstein’s greatest legacy. E=mc2 is one of the deepest insights into the nature of our Universe. E=mc2 tells us that for an evolving body/system to be functional, notwithstanding its size, complexity, or lifespan, its mass content MUST ALWAYS BE A RELATIVE MEASURE (=) of its energy content. In Einstein’s own words: The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content. And there is no way for an evolving body/system to be able to measure its own contents, so they remain in equilibrium as it changes and develops, without a degree of self-reflection.

But Science, afraid to rock established dogma, shies away from the exploration of the self-reflective element in the equation. No naturally evolving system in Nature can be functional without the capacity to sustain its energy and mass contents in equilibrium – greater mass equals greater energy, less energy equals less mass – and this capacity can only be attained with a degree of self-reflection.

This degree of self-reflection, although mostly instinctive, is evident in the equilibrium of our bodies as we change and develop. We consume energy sources (oxygen, foods) to build mass, and exert the energy as action and motion while maintaining each (consumption and exertion) a reflection of the other; this is self-reflective equilibrium. Once this equilibrium cannot be sustained, we either restructure or cease to exist.

Instinctive equilibrium is the primal form of self-reflection. Conscious equilibrium – self-determined, thoughtful – is a highly evolved form of self-reflection. And as far as we know, we have evolved the highest degree of the latter on Earth.

As our individual survival is completely dependent on self-reflective equilibrium, so is the survival of the Human species. But because Humanity remains so fragmented, we fail to see how far out of equilibrium we have gotten. Billions of us are consuming and releasing energy sources beyond the balanced replenishing and reabsorbing capacities of our environment. We are throwing off the natural equilibrium of the planet and accelerating extreme deviations in the chemical balance of the atmosphere.

To be in touch with Beauty, we first need to know what Beauty is. And although Beauty is about impossible to define – “it is in the eye of the beholder” – we know that Beauty is not Hate nor Fear nor Imbalance nor Dread.

To be in touch with Beauty, to create Beauty, to begin to turn Dread into Beauty, there is something we all can do: Conscious of the existential need to be in equilibrium, use the mighty global reach of the Internet to empower an organization like the United Nations, for instance, to assume a self-reflective, thoughtful, and visionary role to bring the entire species in equilibrium with Nature.

Revised June 2019

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